Songs That Will Make Everyone Dance!


bride and groom first dance


Perfect wedding recessional songs are typically hard to find, and can be really difficult to choose. Everyone cares about what song is playing while you walk down the aisle but for some reason, they don’t care at all about what will be the first song of your married life. The wedding recessional song is the first song of your marriage. With that in mind—let’s take a few moments to think about selecting the perfect wedding recessional song. Something that says you two ARE MARRIED NOW.

It’s very important that your DJ or live musicians know exactly WHEN to start playing your music. This often leads to a deafening gap of silence while you both stand awkwardly waiting, and praying that the music starts. Towards the end of your ceremony the officiant says the magical “you may now kiss your partner” words and everyone applauds! And the music begins.

We’ve compiled a list of modern wedding recessional songs that will help you set the mood for that glorious walk (or dance) into the married life sunset—or at least your reception.


  1. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

  2. Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen

  3. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

  4. This Kiss – Faith Hill

  5. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean

  6. Just Like Heaven – The Cure

  7. XO – Beyoncé

  8. Everything – Michael Bublé

  9. Summertime – The Sundays

  10. Stuck On You – Meiko

  11. The Origin of Love – Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Stephen Trask)

  12. Time After Time – Iron & Wine

  13. Always – Erasure

  14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

  15. Safe And Sound – Capital Cities

  16. Sweet Child O’Mine – Taken by Trees

  17. Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks

  18. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Haley Reinhart

  19. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

  20. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

  21. Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend

  22. Today – The Smashing Pumpkins

  23. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

  24. Life is Better With You – Michael Franti & Spearhead

  25. I’m Into Something Good – The Bird & The Bee

  26. Heartland (Pure Country Soundtrack) – George Strait

  27. You Gotta Be – Des’ree

  28. Only Love – Ben Howard

  29. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette

  30. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

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